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Friday, February 20, 2015

Quinoa Idlis | Healthy Breakfast Menu

Idlis are considered to be the most healthiest food in South Indian breakfast as it is easy to digest and are guilt free steamed food.Quinoa(pronounced 'kinwa') is a seed and not a grain.Quinoa is a good source of protein and is gluten free and so is very easy to digest.They are also a good source of vitamin B,thiamine,riboflavin and folate.Quinoa is a bland tasting seed,I must say and it needs spices and other flavors to compliment its taste to the Indian flavor.Qunioa is available in red,white and black in color.I have used the white one.Thanks to many of our food bloggers who prompted me to try this seed in a desi twist and lately,I too started using this seed with tail in many recipes(coming soon).The first one in this row is quinoa idlis,I have tried this recipe thrice now and all have come out soft and spongy.I have used brown rice to add a little gluten but you can always use white rice to make these idlis.These idlis are slightly off white in color compared to the regular white ones.Try and enjoy super soft idlis !!

quinoa 3/4 cup
brown rice  1/4 cup
urad dal whole/gotta/uzhunnu 1/2 cup

  • Wash the quinoa under running water by holding it in a colander as the seeds are very small and gets easily drained away from hands.Soak it for 5-6 hours.Wash and soak the brown rice and urad dals separately.

  • In a grinder or blender,grind the quinoa followed by brown rice and urad dal until smooth.Transfer to a bowl and aerate the batter using your hands.Add in salt and leave to ferment 6-7 hours.
  • After 7 hours,grease an idli mould and place adequate water in a steamer.Pour batter in idli moulds,place in steamer and steam cook for 6-7 mins or until done.
  • Remove from steamer,leave to cool slightly or invert the plates and hold under cold running water for  minutes.Scoop out the idlis with a spoon and keep covered.
  • Enjoy with any desired chutney of your choice !!

Serves ~ 12 idlis

* In a blender,add the ingredients in batches and grind.Make sure the motor doesn't get heated up frequently.Stop and run to get a nice fermented batter.
* Adding salt can be done after fermentation,just make sure its well mixed.
* Use white rice if you don't use brown rice.

More idli recipes that you can give a try from this space are-
Barley-Oats Idlis
Kanchipuram Idlis
Rava Idlis


great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

looks so soft and tasty idli.. healthy recipe too

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

I have never cooked quinoa..these idlis look soft and spongy..very nice pic..

Fullscoops said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful healthy idli!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

This is there in my to do list.... Looks so soft and yummy.... :)

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy idli's.Just good for breakfast.

Sooriya said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy Idli..!! Love the new look!

Babitha said... Best Blogger Tips

would love to dunk these soft pillows in sambar & relish

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

nice and healthy

Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

love to make this soon, looks delicious.

Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy and yummy idli's...

Square Meals said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie,

I have been planning to make quinoa idlys for a while now..just didn't have the guts to try. Now that I have seen how it looks, I am definitely making it :-)


Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Julie,for sharing this.I am in search of quinoa recipes...Perfectly steamed Idlis..

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

love this innovative idli... it's totally goodness packed!

Tumas Tongue Treats said... Best Blogger Tips

Excellent work. Quinoa and brown rice have a low glycemic index. Suitable for Diabetics as it does not increase the sugar levels sharply.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips
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Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes,Soumya.. Great one for diabetics :)

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy idlis.. looks so soft..

Square Meals said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie,

I made the idlys a couple of days ago. They were a little sticky, but the taste was good. Made dosas today, came out really well :-)


Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx Aparna for trying.. I never got them sticky, may be at times.. Glad that u made dosas and they came out good :)